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Pitavastatin Dosage

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 20, 2020.

Applies to the following strengths: 1 mg; 2 mg; 4 mg; (as magnesium) 1 mg; (as magnesium) 2 mg; (as magnesium) 4 mg

Usual Adult Dose for Hyperlipidemia

Initial dose: 2 mg orally once a day
-Assess lipid levels 4 weeks after dose initiation or titration; adjust dose accordingly
Maximum dose: 4 mg/day

Comments:
-Doses should be individualized based on patient characteristics, goals of therapy, and response.
-Doses greater than 4 mg once a day have been associated with an increased risk for severe myopathy in premarketing studies and thus should not exceed 4 mg/day.
-This drug acts to reduce total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), apolipoprotein B (Apo B), and triglycerides, and to increase high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C).

Use: As an adjunct to diet for the treatment of primary hyperlipidemia or mixed dyslipidemia.

Usual Adult Dose for Dyslipidemia

Initial dose: 2 mg orally once a day
-Assess lipid levels 4 weeks after dose initiation or titration; adjust dose accordingly
Maximum dose: 4 mg/day

Comments:
-Doses should be individualized based on patient characteristics, goals of therapy, and response.
-Doses greater than 4 mg once a day have been associated with an increased risk for severe myopathy in premarketing studies and thus should not exceed 4 mg/day.
-This drug acts to reduce total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), apolipoprotein B (Apo B), and triglycerides, and to increase high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C).

Use: As an adjunct to diet for the treatment of primary hyperlipidemia or mixed dyslipidemia.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia

8 years or older:
Initial dose: 2 mg orally once a day
-Assess lipid levels 4 weeks after dose initiation or titration; adjust dose accordingly
Maximum dose: 4 mg/day

Comments:
-Doses should be individualized based on patient characteristics, goals of therapy, and response.
-Doses greater than 4 mg once a day have been associated with an increased risk for severe myopathy in premarketing studies and thus should not exceed 4 mg/day.
-This drug acts to reduce total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and apolipoprotein B (Apo B).

Use: As an adjunct to diet for the treatment of heterogynous familial hypercholesterolemia in pediatric patients 8 years or older.

Renal Dose Adjustments

Moderate to severe renal dysfunction (eGFR 15 to 59 mL/min/1.73 m2):
-Initial dose: 1 mg orally once a day
-Maximum dose: 2 mg orally once a day

Liver Dose Adjustments

Active liver disease (including unexplained persistent elevations in hepatic transaminase levels): Contraindicated

Dose Adjustments

Concomitant use with cyclosporine: Contraindicated

Concomitant use with erythromycin:
-Maximum dose: 1 mg orally once a day

Concomitant use with rifampin:
-Maximum dose: 2 mg orally once a day

Precautions

CONTRAINDICATIONS:
-Known hypersensitivity to the active component or to any of the ingredients
-Active liver disease (including unexplained persistent elevations of hepatic transaminase levels)
-Pregnancy
-Lactation
-Concomitant use with cyclosporine

Safety and efficacy have not been established in patients younger than 8 years with HeFH or in patients younger than 18 years with other types of hyperlipidemia (other than HeFH).

Consult WARNINGS section for additional precautions.

Dialysis

ESRD receiving hemodialysis:
-Initial dose: 1 mg orally once a day
-Maximum dose: 2 mg orally once a day

Other Comments

Administration advice:
-Take orally once a day with or without food at the same time each day

Storage requirements:
-Protect from light

General:
-This drug should be used in addition to a diet restricted in saturated fat and cholesterol and only when response to diet and other nonpharmacologic measures alone has been inadequate.

Monitoring:
-Hepatic: Measure liver enzymes prior to initiating therapy and repeat if signs/symptoms of liver injury occur.
-Metabolic: Lipid levels should be measured after 4 weeks after initiation and dose adjustments

Patient advice:
-Patients should be instructed to report any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if accompanied by malaise or fever, or if muscle signs/symptoms persist after discontinuing therapy.
-Patients should be instructed to promptly report any symptoms that may be indicative of liver injury, including fatigue, anorexia, right upper abdominal discomfort, dark urine, or jaundice.
-Women of childbearing potential should be advised to avoid pregnancy while taking this drug; they should be advised to speak to their health care provider if planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding; this drug is not recommended for use during pregnancy or in nursing mothers.

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